Careers Information Advice & Guidance

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Benfield School has a critical role to play in preparing our pupils for the next stage of their education or training and beyond.

Our key aims are to:

Equip pupils with the skills they need to face the challenges of the world beyond school.

  • Raise pupils’ aspirations and broaden their understanding of the full range of opportunities open to them.
  • Make pupils aware of the part they can play in the wider community.
  • Provide guidance that will promote the best interests of the pupil to whom it is given.

The school’s CEIAG programme ensures that all registered pupils in Years 7-13 have access to independent, accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance to help them prepare for choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.  We work in partnership with the Connexions service and a number of other organisations to help us achieve this. 

The CEIAG programme is designed to work towards achieving all of the Gatsby Benchmarks as set out in the latest Government statutory guidance. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

Our CEIAG programme involves all members of staff but is coordinated by the Careers Leader, Ms D Goddard. If you would like to get in touch you can email:

 Link to CEIAG Programme 2019/20 -

Information for students

We want Benfield pupils to be successful and reach their full potential. Good quality careers education can raise aspirations, increase motivation and challenge stereotypes by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18.

Our careers programme is tailored to each year group and covers aspects of work-related learning, enterprise education and option choices.

We appreciate that every student has individual needs and aspirations, and meet these by directing them to the appropriate person best placed to give them the right guidance at key decision points such as GCSE Option Choices, Post 16 and Post 18 Choices. 

We encourage eligible students in Year 12 and 13 to access the student bursary to support with the costs associated with staying in post 16 further education.

Information for parents

At Benfield we recognise that parents/carers may also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. In addition to regular parents’ evenings we hold parents’ events at key decision times including Year 9 Options Evening and Post 16 Open Evening. 

We value your feedback on our careers programme, in particular events and visits. You can do this by contacting your child’s Year Leader or Ms Goddard.

Also please speak to us if feel you have contacts for any organisations that could support our careers programme in school.

Information for Employers and Providers

Here at Benfield School we are always looking to develop strong links with business and industry. We recognise the positive impact of employer engagement on pupils’ future prospects and earnings in adult life.

We are delighted to have built a strong partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership and have close links with a number of businesses including NBS in Newcastle.

If you are interested in working with the school on any of the activities listed on the careers programme please get in touch with our Careers Leader, Ms Goddard. We are especially keen to involve employers in the activities listed below:

•Involvement in school careers fair

•Mentoring classes/groups of students

•Delivering industry workshops in school

•Attending/running an after school club

•Providing work experience for Year 12 students

•Providing industry information to our Careers Leader

•Delivering assemblies

•School visits into the workplace

We are here to support all our leavers if you have any questions or worries about what you plan to do next please contact school. You might also find the National Careers Service helpful.

The links below will help support our students in making well-informed choices about their futures:

Careers websites

The National Careers Service

The NCS provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.


iCould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

King’s College- GAMEPLAN

Free games based website which allows 10-14 year old and parents to explore university. The site offers interactive advice and guidance on how to access highly selective universities including finance, life and skills, future career options, qualification choices and how to perform better at school.


Connexions offer confidential advice and support for 13-19 year olds (and up to age 25 for young people with special needs) who live in the Tyne and Wear area. offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at

Careers Box CareersBox

Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.

Labour Market Northeast

Labour Market  provides up to date LMI for the Sunderland area  including labour market profiles and vacancy data.

Parental Guidance

Offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Careers Advice for Parents has been set up by careers professionals and is recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

This particular site is aimed at parents or guardians of young people who will be faced with making decisions about their options post 18. Parent Advisor has information about all of the options post 18, including apprenticeships and gap years, as well as Higher Education.



Unifrog – The Complete online Careers Platform


In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 will shortly have access to this excellent website.

Unifrog brings into one place every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes, MOOCs and every college at Oxford and Cambridge. This makes it easy for students to compare and choose the best university courses, apprenticeships or further education courses for them. They can also explore exciting opportunities further afield by looking at English-taught undergraduate programmes available in Europe and the USA.

Additionally, the platform helps students successfully apply for these opportunities by using Unifrog to write their personal statement, applications and CVs and guiding them through the process, allowing teachers to give live feedback. For more information or to login to the platform with your child please use the following links: